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Tips for a Better Fitness Plan

By Brandi Goodman

If you're just starting out with a new fitness routine after being away from it for a while, you may want to come up with a plan first. Deciding to work out is the easy part. Actually following through and determining which exercises or activities you'll try is much more difficult. With a plan in mind first, you can make a more worthwhile effort.

Opt for Small Increments

You need to start out small. Don't push yourself to do 100 push-ups. You either won't make it, or you'll suffer while trying to get there. Instead, opt for small increments that are easier to achieve. You can add more to your limit as the days go by and you're making progress. Decide to start day one with just five push-ups, for example. You'll feel great once you achieve this goal, and can try for a sixth the next day.

Know Your Time Limit

If you know you only have 20 minutes to get your workout accomplished, then make sure you're sticking with it. Set a timer and only exercise for the duration you've designated. It will make it easier to stick with a program if you know it will be limited and there's a buzzer that will sound when you're finished.

Switch Up the Routine

Of course if you're just starting out, you won't have a set routine yet. However, you can start from the beginning switching things up regularly so you never have to experience the burnout that can come with a fixed schedule. Don't stick with only gym workouts or only following videos at home. You need to switch it up so your body doesn't get too comfortable with what you're doing. You won't see results. Try out various options, such as swimming one day and jogging the next, or staying at home one day, and going to the gym the next. 

Having a fitness plan can make a huge difference in whether or not you're achieving results. You can't simply say you're going to work out and attempt to start one day. You need to know what time you have to do it, which options feel best to you, and start out slow so it's something that's even achievable. It will make the exercise more worthwhile for your body -- but also your mental health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Goodyear, Ariz.

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